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Hike: Maryland Heights / Harpers Ferry National Park, WV & MD

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    16th & I Street, NW, Washington, DC (map)

    38.909519 -77.036430

  • Price: $28.00 /per person

    Refund policy

  • Please note costs:  $28 (nonmembers $33) -- subtract $5 ONLY for those holding National Park passes (Interagency Annual Pass), or the Senior National Park passes (Interagency Senior Pass). 
     [See for more information on NPS passes.]

    PATC Map 7 / MD Bus

    Morning hike options: 4½ miles with 1200 ft. ascent/descent, or 6½ mi. with 1700 ft. ascent/descent. Optional afternoon hike: 5 mi. with 800 ft. ascent, 600 ft. descent.

    It’s become a Capital tradition in the first week to December – a trip to Harpers Ferry for hiking, history and holiday atmosphere. Today’s hiking options include a choice of morning hikes to Maryland Heights Overlook with its picture-postcard view of the historic town of Harpers Ferry. The easier afternoon hike is a loop from the park Visitor Center to Murphy-Chambers Farm, site of a bloody Civil War battle. It’s a new destination for us, and features a stunning view of the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge. In between the hikes, we’ll lunch in Harpers Ferry where, if you opt out of the p.m. hike, you can hang out for shopping, visiting museums and absorbing holiday ambiance.  

    Leaders:  Stephanie Allgaier (sallgaier<at> and Alberto D. 202/[masked]

    **NOTE: Meetup has disabled the waitlist feature where members can be notified that a spot has opened for a full hike. You will need to check back on the event's page throughout the week to see if spots are available and RSVP.**


    Please RSVP and pay for this hike on Meetup.  You only need to call the hike leaders if you have questions regarding the hike.

    However, if you are a first-time hiker with us, please let the hike leaders know so that they can ensure that you know where to meet the bus.  If you've RSVP'd with us, we don't want to leave you behind.

    If, after you make this reservation, you need to cancel and would like to request a refund, before 2:00 p.m., the day before the hike, BOTH:

    1) Change your RSVP to "No"--AND--2) Email your request to [masked].

    List the DATE YOU PAID and your FULL NAME.

    Please note: There is a $5 cancellation fee per seat on the bus.

    For additional details, visit our website and refer to our Frequently Asked Questions at 

    Maryland Bus Routing: Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes before departure time listed below. All departure points are Metro accessible; however, if you are driving, please use only the Grosvenor Metro departure point, as parking is extremely limited at other locations.

    Bus departs from 16th and I (Eye) Streets, NW, Washington DC (two blocks north of the White House), at 8:00 AM, and continues to:

    National Cathedral AreaWisconsin Avenue and Woodley Road,departing at approximately 8:10 AM; then continues to:

    Near Chevy Chase, MDFriendship Heights Metro Stop (Western Avenue/East side exit), departing at approximately 8:20 AM; then continues to:

    Bethesda, MD - across from Bethesda Metro Stop (northeast corner of East-West Highway and Wisconsin) (by request only--no stop here unless the hike leader has confirmed reservations), departing at approximately 8:25 AM; then continues to:

    Rockville / North Bethesda, MDGrosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station bus shelter nearest to Metro Station entrance between Metro Station and parking garage (Wisconsin Avenue / Rockville Pike / Rt. 355 exit off I-495), departing at approximately 8:35 AM.

    Reservations: The Capital Hiking Club is a non-profit group, and the public is invited to join on all trips. Early reservations are appreciated! While reservations are accepted Friday, making your reservation prior to Thursday evening helps to ensure your seat on the bus, and prevents the cancellation of the hike due to low sign-ups.

    If contacting hike leaders during the week of the hike, please place calls prior to 9:30 p.m. As a courtesy to other hikers and to the hike leaders, please cancel as early as possible, so that your reserved spot may be given to someone else.

    Cost, what to wear, what to bring: Transportation costs are listed for each hike. Bring sufficient food and water for a day's outing in a day pack or fanny pack with individual First Aid articles, a whistle, and extra clothing according to the season. Sturdy boots or shoes are a necessity. It is recommended to carry 8 oz. of water per mile to be hiked. Gatorade or other electrolyte replacement drinks are also recommended.

    Liability: By RSVPing for a CHC hike, you are acknowledging and accepting that hikers are responsible for their own safety and must assume risks and liability for all outings. CHC leaders, officers, and representatives shall not be liable for any injuries, loss or damage to persons or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any trips or Club activities. Hikers are expected to be able to keep a 2 mph pace.

    (Optional) Membership Dues $10.00 per year. Click the "Member dues" link (on the left side of this page) to pay the $10 annual dues to support the Capital Hiking Club.  Dues help pay for the administrative and web costs of running the club, and you will also benefit from a reduced rate for club hikes.

    If the hike is listed as full and your 6 month free trial of the Capital Hiking Club membership has expired, Meetup may prompt you to pay the membership dues. If you choose to pay the membership, you are still not guaranteed a spot on the hike: you can only get a spot on the hike if one opens up. Dues are non-refundable. 

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6 spots available

  • Stephanie +1
    Hike Leader, CHC Board Member; Paid Member Thru 4-2017, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Alberto
    Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 4-2017,,
    Event Host


  • Dave W.
    Paid Member Thru 9-2017

    Have boots, will hike :)

  • Ryan
    Hike Leader, Paid member thru 6-2017,

    I've been hiking with the club for a while and am looking forward to many more hikes.

  • Mayita
    Paid member thru 8-2017

    Hello.. I am new to the area. I love to hike and be in contact with nature.

  • Lorraine
    Hike Leader, Hike Leader Coordinator, Paid Member Thru 7-2017, Co-Organizer
  • Philippe
    Paid Member thru 10-2017
  • Lisa
    Paid member thru 9-2017
  • Neeti
    Paid Member thru 1-2018
  • Brian
    Hike Leader, Trails Director, Paid Member Thru 1-2017, Assistant Organizer
  • Doug R.
    Hike Leader, Paid Member thru 7-2017,

    Daydreams about Thru-Hiking AT in retirement.

  • Joe G.
    Paid member thru 3-2017
  • Walter A.
    Paid Member thru 4-2018
  • Sonja
    Paid Member Thru 11-2017
  • Fabi
    Hike Leader, Club Secretary, Paid Member Thru 8-2017,


  • Bill
    Paid member thru 10-2017

    Likes to hike.

  • Vickie S.
    Hike Leader, Special Events Director, Paid Member Thru 10-2017,

    CHC hike leader and Board member.

  • Maria
    Paid member thru 9-2017

    Living the DC life!

  • Todd
    Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 7-2017,


  • Alla D
    Club Treasurer, Paid Member Thru 11-2017

    My name is Alla and I've been a member of the club for almost 5 years.

  • rossella +1
    Paid Member Thru 11-2017

    longtime member of CHC

  • Eliz. F.
    Paid member thru 2-2017

    If only I could do this more...

  • Rosaline
    Paid Member thru 11-2017
  • Patricia C.

    Just moved to DC from California where I lived near the Redwood forest. Enjoy all different... more

  • susan k.
    Hike Leader Paid Member Thru 7-2017,

    Susan Klein

  • Erin
    Paid Member Thru 7-2017
  • robert
    Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 3-2017,


  • Cynthia H.
    Paid member thru 7-2017
  • Jason V.
    Paid member thru 7-2017
  • Ina
  • Omar Q. +2
    Paid Member Thru 7-2017

    Cheering up my friend who will go to Mt. Rainier. Avid hiker and the mountain cater :)

  • David K.
    Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 6-2017,

    Regular CHC hiker until 2014, now only get to hike when visiting from Barbados.

  • Mary
    Paid Member Thru 10-2017

    Hiking rocks

  • Donna W.
    Paid Member Thru 7-2017

    Great fun seeing the sites on foot.

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